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Ange Postecoglou a 'primary candidate' for Tottenham Hotspur job

Jayden Collins

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Ange Postecoglou a 'primary candidate' for Tottenham Hotspur job

Australian manager Ange Postecoglou is reportedly a ‘primary candidate’ to take on the Tottenham Hotspur job.

It comes after the Premier League side was rejected by their top candidate, Arne Slot, the manager of Feyenoord, as per The Athletic.

The report claims Slot was the ideal target for Spurs ahead of Roberto De Zerbi and Luis Enrique.

However, they are looking for a manager who was ‘institute cultural change at the club’ and bring their own philosophies and style of play.

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That means the side isn’t targeting a high-profile name but rather someone who hasn’t yet been tested in a top European league.

Meanwhile, Postecoglou has recently been named Scotland’s Manager of the Year for a second straight season after again claiming the league title with Celtic.

Credit: Aflo Co. Ltd. / Alamy
Credit: Aflo Co. Ltd. / Alamy

Tottenham have been keeping an eye on the Aussie’s progress at Celtic, which has seen him become one of the most beloved figures in the green side of Glasgow.

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The Independent's Miguel Delaney reports: “While the feeling in the game had been that the Slot negotiations were close to the finish line, some figures with knowledge of the situation insist Spurs were still conducting discussions about a top list of targets.

“One of those is Postecoglou, who is being strongly considered, along with Sporting’s Ruben Amorim.

“Daniel Levy would greatly value Luis Enrique but that is seen as more difficult to pull off given the Spanish coach’s list of demands when Chelsea interviewed him.”

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.  Credit: Action Plus Sports Images / Alamy
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Credit: Action Plus Sports Images / Alamy
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The Greek-born manager has a growing list of admirers due to his transformative work at Celtic.

He reportedly received interest from the likes of Chelsea in their own search for a manager next season.

However, Postecoglou has spoken about a potential move to the Premier League in the past, and it’s safe to say he values his relationship with his current club above else.

He said, via Fox Sports: “You think about it all.

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“When people say ‘he’s going to go down the road or somewhere else with the first offer he gets’ it’s not how I’m wired, it’s not how I think.

“For me, what it’s about is just trying to leave a mark wherever I am. I have done that with every football club I have been at. I want to do that at this football club and that is all that consumes me.

“I don’t think about the next step … or I need to go somewhere else … or I need to do this … or I need to consider other things. It is all there.

“You don’t go through life oblivious to it. It is not healthy to put the blinkers up and not know what is going on because that tests your desire to keep doing what you’re doing. If people are talking about my future or are interested in my future I will sit there and listen.

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“It doesn’t mean I am going to jump at anything that comes my way. I am really passionate about what I do and the people close to me know what is most important to me, what drives me and what keeps me sort of happy in my role. I couldn’t be happier.”

Featured Image Credit: Credit: PA Images / Alamy. Mark Pain / Alamy.

Topics: Australia, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League, Celtic

Jayden Collins
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